Where should i host my open source code?

I have a open source project but where should i host? This is the frequently asked question among developers. Below details will certainly help to choose the best code hosting site.

Sourceforge is a leading resource for open source software development and distribution. It hosts more than 250,000 projects and connects more than 40 million users. It uses SVN, Git, and Mercurial version control system. It features include.

  • Code hosting
  • Wiki
  • Bug Tracker
  • Forum
  • Activity Stats / Project trend analysis
  • Mailing List
  • Download
  • Support to search Projects

Github is the most popular code hosting and collaborative development. It uses Git version control and supports private and public repository. It encourage developers to fork repositories. Its feature include

  • Code hosting
  • Wiki
  • Bug Tracker
  • Activity Stats / Project trend analysis
  • Download
  • Code review
  • Support to search Projects, Code and User
  • Edit code online
  • API Support
  • Notfies project updates to followers

Google Code provides a fast, reliable, and easy open source hosting service. It uses Subversion and Mercurial version control and provides 2 GB of storage space. Its features include

  • Code hosting
  • Wiki
  • Bug Tracker
  • Download
  • Code review
  • Activity Stats / Project trend analysis
  • Support to search Projects and Code
  • API Support
  • Notifies project updates to followers

Bitbucket is a free code hosting site which uses Mercurial version control system. It has around 144,000 users and supports public and private repositories. It provides support to branch or fork the existing repository. Its features include

  • Code hosting
  • Wiki
  • Bug Tracker
  • Download
  • API Support
  • RSS feeds for the activity
  • Use your own domain to point to your account

CodePlex is Microsoft's open source project hosting web site. It hosts over 20,000 projects. It uses Team Foundation Server or Mercurial as its version control system. Its features include

  • Code hosting
  • Wiki
  • Bug Tracker
  • Forum
  • Activity Stats / Project trend analysis
  • Mailing List
  • Download
  • Support to search Projects
  • Notifies project updates to followers

RubyForge is a home for open source Ruby projects. Its features include

  • Code hosting
  • Wiki
  • Bug Tracker
  • Forum
  • Activity Stats / Project trend analysis
  • Mailing List
  • Download
  • Support to search Projects

Launchpad is a unique collaboration and hosting platform for software projects. It uses Bazaar version control and hosts more than 20,000 projects. Its feature include

  • Code hosting
  • Wiki
  • Bug Tracker
  • Forum
  • Activity Stats / Project trend analysis
  • Mailing List
  • Download
  • Support to search Projects
  • Builds installable Ubuntu packages
  • GNU GetText support to translate your software into almost any language

The code hosting sites listed above are most popular and widely used for open source projects. Github is used by Facebook and Twitter projects and it is considered to be the best. Google code and Sourceforge comes next as they are very stable and used by millions of users. BitBuket has restriction of 5 Users to manage per project. Launchpad has many other features like translation and support to prepare ubuntu package. Pick Codeplex if your project is related to Microsoft technology. Rubyforge is good for Ruby but it is not that much great.



Bookmark and Share          4854



comments powered by Disqus


Related Articles

How to make money from Open Source

As open source getting popular day by day, many have questions like How to make money from Open Source? Lot more products are getting introduced and don't know who is making money. Certainly open source means, give the product and source for free then how to make money? Yes sell the product for free but get paid for its services.

Read more

How to contribute to open source

I could see many many students posting this question in many forums, I want to contribute to open source but How to contribute? There are many ways to do that. I have listed a few and I hope it might be useful.

Read more

Free Open Source Code Search Engines

There are couple of sites which indexes the open source code and provides support to search code. Recently Google announced that they removed code search support from Google code. This article provides pointer for code search engine sites.

Read more

Microweber CMS - An open source CMS with Ecommerce support

To the user's satisfaction, there is a whole wide world of different CMS, all suitable for different needs. You can go for the giants like Wordpress or Joomla or pick one of the rising forces - Shopify, Squarespace or others. Microweber CMS fills a hole in the current technological ecosystem, aimed at delivering a light software that is perfect for all end-users lacking the technical knowledge needed for complicated website building.

Read more

4 Free Code Snippets Hosting Sites

Most of us would be familar about the project hosting sites like sourceforge, github etc. These sites hosts the complete project, documentation and has a means to track bugs etc. Sometimes we may need to host the simple pieace of code which we may be want to share it with our friends or to post the link in the forum to discuss more about the code.

Read more

Top 15 Open source alternative to Microsoft products

Microsoft is monopoly in the commercial software. Here are 15 best alternatives to most popular and widely used Microsoft products.

Read more

How to learn from open source projects

Students ask this question frequently steps or methodology to learn from open source projects. There is no single answer or steps available. I listed the steps which i follow and i hope this will help for few.

Read more

Microsoft released F# under Open Source

F# is a functional programming language for the .NET Framework. It combines the succinct, expressive and compositional style of functional programming with the runtime, libraries, interoperability, and object model of .NET. Microsoft recently released its source code under Apache License.

Read more

Benefits in contributing to Open Source

What the benefit will i get, if i contribute to Open Source? This is the frequently asked question by many people. I just want to pen down the benefits which i know and i hope you will agree with it.

Read more

Why Experienced Programmers Should Contribute to Open Source

People who have taken programming as their career has to do coding for almost 30 years. Will they always get an opportunity to do complex tasks or to write project from scratch? The answer is NO. Sometimes they may get but not always. What should they do?

Read more

Follow feeds Follow bestopensource on Twitter Follow bestopensource on Facebook


Open source products are scattered around the web. Please provide information about the open source projects you own / you use. Add Projects.

Do you provide Consulting, Training, Support for any open source products. Register your business

Tag Cloud >>